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RA selection process

Our RA Selection Process is closed at this time, for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

Typically, each fall we hold information sessions, with an application due date at the start of the spring semester. This allows us to select our team for the upcoming year and notify them of their hire status sometime mid-spring semester. If we would need to add to our pool of qualified candidates after that time, we would open up a rolling application process, and information on this would be sent to students through their UMass Dartmouth email address.

What is a Resident Assistant (RA)?

RAs represent Housing & Residential Education as key staff members in its day-to-day operations. As an RA, you’ll live in one of our residence halls and assist students with the transition to campus life. RAs have a variety of responsibilities and must be able to balance a multitude of roles including mentoring, building relationships, helping to solve problems, assisting in emergency situations, and supporting student academic success. Plus, you get to make some great friends along the way! A more complete Job Description can be found here!

Requirements upon employment

  • Minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA
  • Have no significant Code of Conduct violations (no current status above a warning)
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at UMD at the time of employment (at least 12 credits for undergraduate students, 9 credits for graduate students)
  • Complete one full academic year at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by the start of the Spring semester of selection, including prior enrollment at the University.
  • Be in good standing with the university, including not having excessive or unpaid parking tickets.

Benefits and Compensation

  • Housing in your assigned area, with the full cost covered through a waiver
  • A board allowance (meal plan) based on completed credit hours, cost covered through a waiver
  • Each RA is paid for four hours of their RA Lead duty responsibilities each full month of the academic year (September, October, November, February, March, April)
  • Ability to register for classes early

So how do you apply for current RA openings?

Participate in an Info session - When you complete the process, you will receive an email with the link to the RA Application.

Contact Michelle Black at with any questions/concerns.

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